Clients value Phil's calming presence, pragmatic advice and excellent strategic approach.

Phil is the Head of our International Media, Entertainment and Sport Sector. He is based in London.

His primary focus is on litigation in the music, publishing, broadcast and advertising sectors and on acting for brand owners, with clients such as De Beers, PRS for Music, Yahoo and the UK media monitoring industry. He provides the full range of contentious IP/media law advice, handling complex trade mark and copyright infringement litigation, defamation and privacy disputes and complaints to the UK media regulators (the ASA, IPSO and Ofcom).

Phil takes a holistic approach to brand protection, drawing on extensive expertise in reputation management strategies, trade mark and advertising law.

Cases of particular note include:

  • JW Spear & Mattel v Zynga (obtaining a Court of Appeal victory for Mattel in relation to the iconic Scrabble brand);
  • Metropolitan International v Google (one of the leading cases on search engine liability for defamatory content);
  • Meltwater, the PRCA and the UK Media Monitoring Association v the Newspaper Licensing Agency (the Copyright Tribunal dispute which set the model for the licensing of online news content); and
  • P, Q & R v Quigley (the first case to recognise the publication of false private information as an actionable infringement of the right to privacy).

Phil is the Editor of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Copyright.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. "Phil Sherrell is a well-known media litigator and acts for clients across the sector, although he is recognised for work in traditional and digital publishing. He handles copyright infringement cases and complaints to UK regulatory bodies."

    Chambers UK, 2017
  2. "International media group head Phil Sherrell is ‘an absolute delight to deal with’ and handles litigation in the music, broadcasting, advertising and media sectors."

    Legal 500, 2016
  3. The "very approachable" Phil Sherrell impresses with his multifaceted and international digital media practice, and acts for publishers and music industry players. He handles contentious and non-contentious media matters, demonstrating particular proficiency in copyright matters. Clients say: "More than simply advocating a legal position, he works with you to think through business issues."

    Chambers UK 2016